The follow-up to 'The Force Awakens' is due out in 2017
The title for Star Wars VIII could have been revealed.
The movie will be the latest instalment in the franchise and follows last year’s The Force Awakens.
As AVSForum reports, production company Lucasfilm has filed a trademark to the European Union Intellectual Property Office for Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny.
The trademark takes the form of a 2,000 word list of related items including clothing, toys and motion picture films, amongst others.
But, as the Independent points out, the trademark doesn’t necessarily confirm the Forces Of Destiny as Episode VIII‘s title, given the many projects Lucasfilm is involved with, including animated series and video games.
Earlier this year, two other titles were rumoured to be attached to the franchise’s next film. Tale Of The Jedi Temple and The Order Of The Dark Side were both suggested to be in the running for the movie.
Lucasfilm have not commented on either rumoured title, or the filing of the trademark for Forces Of Destiny.
Last month (November), it was reported that Obi-Wan Kenobi could be set to return in an upcoming Star Wars “saga” film.
The character, portrayed by Alec Guinness in the original trilogy and Ewan McGregor in the prequel films, made a brief appearance as a spirit in last year’s The Force Awakens, with McGregor providing one line of dialogue along with a recording of the late Guinness saying “Afraid”, edited to say “Rey”.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican recently spoke with Rebel Force Radio and suggested that the character of Obi-Wan could make a return in either Episode VIII or XI. It had previously been rumoured that there could be an Obi-Wan spin-off film.
Breznican said: “I have heard rumours that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on [a Obi-Wan spin-off] is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the ‘saga’ films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX. Which it would have to anyway, because they’re booked up until Episode IX.”
“I don’t think that’s controversial to say, but I think that there’s bound to be some reference to Obi-Wan [in VIII or XI] – and I’m not being coy here, this is literally all I know is that [Lucasfilm’s thinking is] ‘Ehh, if you want to tell an Episode IX story, it’s better that it happens after this first trilogy, because things that happen in it can maybe reference The Force Awakens trilogy,’ if that makes any sense.”
Star Wars: Episode VIII will be released on December 15, 2017.